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CEOs, clerks, computers, and the rise of competition in the late 20th century


  • Leonard I. Nakamura


Leonard Nakamura suggests that a new era of heightened creative destruction that began in the late 1970s also ushered in a new era of heightened competition. Such intensified competition has made leaders of large industrial enterprises vulnerable to a level of uncertainty previously reserved for managers of small and new firms. Consequently, managerial careers now less often have benign endings. The story was much different during the previous 100 years. From the 1870s to the 1970s, however, the large industrial corporation was highly stable partly because of investments in a corporate structure that centered on a sales and administrative staff. In "CEOs, Clerks, Computers, and the Rise of Competition in the Late 20th Century," Nakamura argues that the electronics revolution of the 1970s sharply reduced the value of this corporate asset and made corporations more susceptible to competition.

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  • Leonard I. Nakamura, 2004. "CEOs, clerks, computers, and the rise of competition in the late 20th century," Business Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, issue Q3, pages 33-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedpbr:y:2004:i:q3:p:33-41

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